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NEW YORK ASIAN FILM FESTIVAL - Asian Films Are Go!!! (June 16 - July 1)

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and 2005.

March 10 - March 17


From the director of AKIRA comes this steampunk adventure flick.

Ding Dong. Who's there? It's the Ring. Two! Why is this in here? This is a sequel to the round-eye ring remake, but it's directed by Hideo Nakata who directed the original Japanese RING, even though the US remake was directed by Gore Verbinski (of MOUSEHUNT fame). So it's a remake of the sequel to the original which is also a sequel to the remake directed by the director of the original original. Is that clear?

3/18 FACE
It's a cookie cutter Asian-American coming of age/mother-daughter movie (isn't this a section at Blockbuster) but Kristy Wu and Bai Ling star and they're both really good. Way better than this predictable flick deserves.

3/28 OLD BOY
Cannes Grand Prix winner and critical darling gets a US release.

Takashi Miike's slick n'styley contribution to the dead-girls-with-long-hair-haunting-appliances genre.

4/8 EROS
A limited release is scheduled for this one-handed three-hander -- three short films about sex. There's one from Wong Kar-wai, one from Stephen Soderbergh and one from Michelangelo Antonioni. WKW and SS are supposed to be just fine, MA's is supposed to be a new breed of torture.

The latest from Hong Kong comedian Stephen Chow...more of an action flick than a comedy, but something of a marvel of modern-day filmmaking. This is a great movie, classic kung fu kind of stuff with wild action scenes, but who knows what'll happen in the US. It's been slapped with an "R" from the MPAA and now it's been pushed back from a March 18 opening.

The cracked Korean masterpiece at Film Forum. The most eye-popping anti-violence movie ever made!

4/29 3-IRON
Kim Ki-Duk's latest festival favorite gets a NY/LA release, followed by a national roll-out.

ACV brings a selection of recent Asian flicks to BAM, like THE HUNTER AND THE HUNTED (Japan), MEN SUDDENLY IN BLACK (Hong Kong) and A PECK ON THE CHEEK (India).

Jet Li rubs shoulders with Bob Hoskins and Morgan Freeman in his latest English-language outing that used to be called DANNY THE DOG, which was a much more fun title.

HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS (2004, China, 119 minutes)
playing at the Union Square 14 and the Quad
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NOBODY KNOWS (Japan, 2004, 141 minutes)
playing at the Landmark Sunshine and Lincoln Plaza Cinemas
Director Hirokazu Kore-eda (AFTER LIFE) returns to top form with this uncomfortably intimate story about four kids abandoned by their mom who must try to survive in their increasingly dirty apartment. If grubby kids make you shiver...avoid. Otherwise, it's great! It's opening at more and more theaters every second.
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ONG BAK (2003, Thailand, 108 minutes)
ImaginAsian, Empire 25, Union Square 14
This Thai action film is the best action flick since Jackie Chan's 1994 DRUNKEN MASTER 2. Get off your bottom and go see it.
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BRIDE AND PREJUDICE (2004, USA, 120 minutes)
Union Square 14, Paris Theatre (58th St. and 5th Avenue), 42nd Street E Walk, Chelsea West, BAM
Gurinder Chadha (BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM) has delivered an adaptation of Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" via Bollywood, complete with Aishwarya Rai, musical numbers, and Alexis Bledel ("Gilmore Girls"). The movie itself is a complete mess, but some folks have actually enjoyed it and it does have a loosey-goosey kind of charm.
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ImaginAsian Theater
(239 East 59th Street, btwn 2nd and 3rd Ave)
BEAUTIFUL BOXER (2004, Thailand, 108 minutes)
This Thai flick tells the story of Thailand's muay thai kickboxing champ who was also a transsexual. Sissy kicking his way through his opponents, Nong Toom is a total badass who's never less than a perfect lady. Well-acted, this movie is a bit sentimental but it's one of those rare movies that earns its sentiment.)
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ONG BAK (2003, Thailand, 108 minutes)
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SKY BLUE (2003, Korea, 86 minutes)
This Korean animated sci fi film was known as WONDERFUL DAYS, but it's been rescored, re-edited and dubbed into English and released in the US as SKY BLUE. The story is a dystopian love story (the Earth's environment is ruined, two men love one woman, the fate of humanity hangs in the balance, etc.), but the atmosphere and visuals are truly spectacular in their detail and their smart combination of 3-D and 2-D visuals. Critics are eating it up.
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MAGDALENA, THE UNHOLY SAINT (2004, Philippines, 113 minutes)
A rebellious chick takes over her mom's job after her mom dies. The job is selling holy trinkets and working miracles and, apparently, her prayers get answered even though she doesn't believe in any of it and she becomes a holy woman.

MORNING RAGA (2004, India, 110 minutes)
A bus accident devastates a small Indian village. A jingle composer starts a band to deal with his grief and he and a young girl must convince a grieving mother that she needs to be in the band with them. Hopefully, it's better than it sounds.

Japan Society
March 4 - May 27, 2005
This showcase of Japan's geekiest movies has some great surprises hidden on the inside. The flicks all deal with obsessions, pop culture, and costume fetishes. Keep your eyes peeled for OTAKUS IN LOVE, the incomparable CUTIE HONEY, and the apocalyptic giant monster movie to end all giant monster movies, GAMERA 3.

HIDESHI HINO'S THEATER OF HORROR (2004, Japan, 113 minutes)
Thursday, 4/10 @ 6:30PM
It's a double, digital video feature, based on the freaky horror manga of Hideshi Hino who puts the "weird" in weird.
First up is THE BOY FROM HELL about a surgeon who brings her son back from the dead, only he's now a decomposing corpse boy. Fun! Then there's THE RAVAGED HOUSE: ZOROKU'S DISEASE about a disgusting infection.

Korean Cultural Service
The KCS will be hosting a series of DVD projections of Korean films each month, hosted by Im Hyun-Ock who is one of the producers of NOWHERE TO HIDE, Lee Myung-Se's incredible cop film.

THREE...EXTREMES (2004, Korea/Hong Kong/Japan, 118 minutes)
Thursday, March 17 @ 6:30PM
Hong Kong's Fruit Chan (DURIAN, DURIAN), Korea's Park Chan-Wook (JSA, OLD BOY), and Takashi Miike (AUDITION, ICHI THE KILLER) team up to make a three part horror flick. Miike's is a moody, slow-paced story about a pair of contortionists. Fruit Chan's is a body horror epic about eating dumplings made of fetuses in order to stay young, and Park Chan-Wook's is a tight, real-time thriller about a film director and a disgruntled extra.
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REWIND (2002, Korea, 100 minutes)
Thursday, March 31 @ 6:30PM
A melancholy romance.
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Landmark Sunshine
NOBODY KNOWS (Japan, 2004, 141 minutes)
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Lincoln Plaza
NOBODY KNOWS (Japan, 2004, 141 minutes)

Loew's State
BLACK (2005, India, 125 minutes)
Sanjay Leela Bansali directed HUM DIL DE CHUKE SANAM and DEVDAS, two of Bollywood's best movies. Now he's back with a Bollywood version of "The Miracle Worker" and it's hard to tell. Will it be good? Will it stink? Only time will tell.
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BEWAFAA (2005, India, 156 minutes)
Check out this cast! Anil Kapoor, Akshay Khanna, Kareena Kapoor, Sushmita Sen, Manoj Bajpai! Whoa! Unfortunately this set-in-Canada Bolly-flick about infidelity and responsibility is being hailed as "What’s wrong with Bollywood," and "The worst kind of movie Bollywood makes". Uh-oh. Better to go and watch BLACK again.
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HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS (2004, China, 119 minutes)

Village East
BEAUTIFUL BOXER (2004, Thailand, 108 minutes)


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